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Poster: aibek Date: Aug 24, 2013 3:16am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Copyright language suggested for Texts FAQ

Nice compilation.

The following detail may prove useful to some:

If the work was created before 1-1-78 but not published:

Copyright extends to author’s life + 70 years OR 12-31-2002, whichever is greater.
http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm

> “If the work was made in 1922 or earlier, it is probably public domain and can be uploaded.”
Why use ‘probably’? It just creates confusion. Any work published before 1923 is in public domain in the US, period. For republished works, only the stuff added by the republishers can be copyrighted. garthus1 on these forums has made informative comments on this issue. See link:
http://archive.org/post/441568/no-info-about-copyright

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Another useful link:
http://www.tertullian.org/rpearse/copyrights.htm

This post was modified by aibek on 2013-08-24 10:16:53

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgarthus1 Date: Aug 30, 2013 3:41pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Copyright language suggested for Texts FAQ

Aibek,

This is a great thread. I would recommend that people not get hung up on this copyright cr_p too much. If it is an obvious copyright situation, then it probably should not be posted. But a significant part of published materials before 1989 were either never copyrighted or renewed; (well over 85%). A few complaints may come forth, I only think that I had one concerning a NASA video which Lucas complained about. My attitude is that if they feel that protective about their stuff, then throw it in the garbage ... I am not interested in spending any time posting it to the Archive. With so much Public-Domain material out there, we should spend out time putting that up and then worry about the questionable stuff. The Archive has already amassed a great collection of items and more keep coming.

For example, I just put this up:

http://archive.org/details/Benny_The_Bums_Famous_Steak_Sandwich_

Go to garage sales and you will find an endless supply of this interesting stuff ... it is not under copyright and is interesting.

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Poster: aibek Date: Aug 30, 2013 6:21pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Copyright language suggested for Texts FAQ

Yeah. And as others have pointed out, most authors will be grateful themselves for a “chance at immortality”. Others on the internet have pointed out that only popular novelists and textbook authors make any significant amount of money from their work. Others make almost no money from it even when it is under publication, and once out of publication, it just does not make sense to wait 70 years from their death for their work to be used again!

On the other hand, the dynamics do change somewhat in the “digital age”, as some copyright holders would figure that the sale of a couple of e-books per year is enough to justify burying the books in catacombs.

This post was modified by aibek on 2013-08-31 01:21:52

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Poster: PDpolice Date: Aug 24, 2013 5:37am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Copyright language suggested for Texts FAQ

Yes, it is written well.
Might I suggest that any links used for copyright reference go to the government agency responsible for copyright? The use of inaccurate third-hand information is the basis of most internet debates about copyright. It is also common for the Internet to have contradictory information available on any subject.
In fact there is a slight error in the post here. That misinformation may cause further confusion if applied.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffadellefrank Date: Aug 27, 2013 7:09am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Copyright language suggested for Texts FAQ

Could you correct the error in this post? I would be very grateful! :)